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Arum eyes Vetyeka v Donaire for WBA featherweight belt

Phil Jay 02/02/2014

Top Rank boss Bob Arum has confirmed to World Boxing News that moves are being made for Filipino star Nonito Donaire to challenge South African Simpiwe Vetkeya for his WBA and IBO featherweight titles.

Although no dates or venues were forthcoming from Arum, he did state that he is trying to get the fight done as Donaire sets his sights on another world title in a fourth different weight class.

Vetyeka, 33, had been ordered to face WBA ‘regular’ champion Nicholas Walters by April 5 earlier in the year, although the ‘super’ title holder successfully lobbied against the fight and Arum is now looking to secure a fight with Donaire instead.

‘The Filipino Flash’ recently made a victorious jump up from super-bantamweight against old foe Vic Darchinyan after losing badly to Guillermo Rigondeaux – deciding to go to 126lbs rather than seek out a return with the Cuban.

If the fight comes off for the spring, Donaire would no doubt head into the clash as heavy favourite to dethrone Vetyeka of his two straps and regain some of the status the 31 year-old enjoyed before being knocked off his puond for pound perch by Rigondeaux.

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